Posts by Efrem Smith
I can still remember seeing the news footage of white truck driver, Reginald Denny being pulled from his semi-trailer and beaten by a group of African American men in the street at Florence and Normandie in Los Angeles.
I’ve become numb and almost accustomed to violence. Growing up I lived in Minneapolis, my neighborhood annually became more and more violent, until one summer the city was nicknamed “Murder-apolis.”
Under-resourced urban communities face a variety of challenges. Violence as the primary way to solve conflict, abandoned buildings where businesses used to be, crime and homelessness just to name a few.
When Christ walked the earth he had the ability to look at people and see something beyond the labels of society.
This year we have experienced the challenges of living in the land of the divided. Political, racial, and class divisions have caused deep grieving in many hearts.